Further spectrum auction delays confirmed

26 Feb 2015

The already-delayed auction of 900MHz and 1800MHz 4G-suitable mobile frequency licences in Thailand will not take place by a tentatively-scheduled date of August this year, according to comments from Settapong Malisuwan, vice chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). As reported by Mobile World Live, delays in setting up the country’s Digital Economy Policy Committee are being blamed for the possible further delay in the frequency auction – which had previously been postponed for a year under orders of Thailand’s military-led administration. The NBTC vice chairman disclosed that the regulator requires ‘at least six months’ to prepare for the auction and reportedly indicated that the process is likely to be pushed back to 2016, whilst a committee member working on the Digital Economy initiative claimed earlier this month that an auction would be pushed to 2016 unless the digital economy draft laws were passed by April. The Council of State is working to modify draft bills in the face of criticism particularly aimed at a cyber-security bill amongst the new legislation.